Keston’s Home industry: Fruit Preserving in War-Time

Fruit Preserving in Keston during WW2

Fruit Preserving in Keston during WW2There are few more interesting branches of war service than the homely fruit preserving work which is being undertaken by the eight Women’s Institutes forming the Bromley District.

The headquarters of the movement at Little Orchard, Keston, have been rented from the proprietors of Heathfield School, and consists of nearly all the ground floor, which in addition to several large rooms has a number of pantries, cupboards, and storerooms admirably suited to the purpose.

A visit was paid by a representative of the Kentish Times, who was amazed at the thoroughness and efficiency displayed in the organisation of the venture. An hour or so previously the Keston Produce Centre had been visited by the Chairman of Orpington Urban District Council and the Clerk.


The work goes on three days in the week, and is in the hands of volunteers from the Institutes of Aperfield, Bromley Common, Chelsfield, Cudham, Hayes, St Mary Cray, and West Wickham. There is, in fact, no dearth of helpers.

Fruit is bought from anyone who cares to bring it to the headquarters. Only the best and fresh fruit is considered and full market prices are paid. With further and more plentiful stocks the “factory” will be open every day.

The fruit is graded and a decision taken as to which portions shall be used for canning, jamming, bottling or pulping. Then it is taken to the rooms in which theses methods are being carried our, and before many hours the preservation of the fresh fruit in one of the various styles has been completed.


Source: Bromley & District Times, 19th July 1940, page 9

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